Merry Christmas

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May your faith, family, and friends ~
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Bring you peace, joy, and happiness~
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From our house to yours ~
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We wish you a Very Merry Christmas
and a Happy New Year!
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Gatherings

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Family gatherings.

 

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Friends gathering.

 

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Gathering my thoughts.

 

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Gathering my day & sharing it with you.

One Woman's Style

"Making a home is a form of creativity open to everyone." Terence Conran
Layers of objects at home with each other certainly give a voice to my mother's great style.
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Every morning she wakes, puts the coffee on, and begins to prime the well. What will she do, who will she see, and where will she go on this day…
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Some would define her style as "interesting” ~ A term often used when they can’t “find the words.”
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Her friends and colleagues call it “Eclectic.”
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My mother will tell you ~ it's attention to individual needs, independent thinking, ingenious smarts along with spontaneity and a healthy dose of humor!
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Since eclectic style is full of the unexpected, creating a balance is important when mixing traditional antiques and one-of-a-kind conversation pieces.
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When she and her husband married, they put preconceptions away and re-wrote the rule book.
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Beautifully combining years of collecting East and West, luxe and humble, showy and quiet.    
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Living in the desert they’ve provided plenty of calm cool places for the eye and themselves to land with soft linens, sleek floors, and oriental rugs.
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They believe that we should all live surrounded by the people & personal things we adore.
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I agree!

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Thanks, Mom & Peter for inviting us over ~
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The Other Side of Keeneland

Before the Fall racing season came to a close, I found myself greeting the morning at Keeneland.
Keeneland Fall 2013 | Photo Lisa Porter
On the last day of the meet, I decided to join my husband on the backside.
Keeneland Fall 2013 | Photo Lisa Porter
I followed him through barn after barn~
Keeneland Fall 2013 | Photo Lisa Porter
 It's within this idyllic setting that he helps horses to breathe easier.
Keeneland Fall 2013 | Photo Lisa Porter
Trying to stay out of the way, I focused my camera on other things.
Keeneland Fall 2013 | Photo Lisa Porter
Even though the backside is a hub of activity ~
Keeneland Fall 2013 | Photo Lisa Porter
I love how it's also the quiet side.
Keeneland Fall 2013 | Photo Lisa Porter
The hands-on dedication of grooms, owners, and trainers is admirable.
Keeneland Fall 2013 | Photo Lisa Porter
 The saddling paddock. 
Keeneland Fall 2013 | Photo Lisa Porter
The jockeys awaiting last-minute instructions and owners having one last look at their horses ~
Keeneland Fall 2013 | Photo Lisa Porter
It's all about tradition, fine horsemanship, and the finish line.
Keeneland Fall 2013 | Photo Lisa Porter
The world’s best Thoroughbred horses, owners, trainers, and jockeys come to compete in April and October ~ However, Keeneland also plays host to many year-round events including the November horse sales, the Keeneland Concours d'Elegance, and the Bluegrass Trust Antique and Garden Show just to name a few.  
Keeneland Fall 2013 | Photo Lisa Porter
 Just around the bend at the Keeneland Sales Pavilion, Keeneland Cross Gate Gallery will present the
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This inaugural auction represents an inspired collaboration between the world’s largest Thoroughbred auction house and the country’s premier gallery of fine sporting art and contemporary British figurative painting.
Sporting Art Auction
Among the auction’s most important pieces are several by Munnings, including Blue Prince II, a 26 1⁄2” x 39 1⁄4” painting commissioned by Thoroughbred owner and breeder Walter Jeffords. Munnings, who died in 1959, is regarded as one of the world’s finest equine painters.
BLUE PRINCE II WITH HARRY CARR UP ON NEWMARKET HEATH by Sir Alfred J. Munnings
Art, Antiques, Cars, Gardens ~ and Horses ~ don't forget the horses…oops!
Hmmm. I have no segue here so I'll just ask ~ Are you prepared for winter? I'm not.
Keeneland Fall 2013 | Photo Lisa Porter
The Keeneland Gift Shop, which also happens to be the best holiday shop in town, will be hosting a Barbour Trunk Show and Reproofing event from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on November 4th & 5th.
Barbour Reproofing Events
Welcome to November, my friends.
The fun has just begun!
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DIG IT!

The Lisa Porter Collection is honored to be included at DIG IT! Magazine.
DIG IT! Magazine
A digital publication where avid gardeners delight in sharing their roots & gaining knowledge.
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The magazine, both informative & resourceful, appeals to the master & back porch gardener. I like that!
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I first discovered DIG IT! in 2012 when I came across a beautiful story ~ Her Favorite Things ~ authored by Mary Jasch. I was moved not only by the topic but also by the author's poetic way with words. I wrote about it here in Poetry & Gardening. 
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Mary Jasch is a freelance writer, photographer, gardener, and also the publisher of DIG IT! Magazine. I love how she invites her readers to put on their muck boots, garden hats & gloves and enter the gardens of interesting architects, artists, filmmakers, philanthropists, and foodies who just so happen to also be incredible gardeners!
Here are three of my favorites ~

Frances Palmer Dahlia Garden - photo by Mary Jasch The flowers, mostly dahlias, are tools for inspiration and for marketing her handmade dishware and vases and American-made, factory-made Pearl Collection TM tableware. I love the comments of Frances’ daughter.

Tendenze Design - Pottersville, New Jersey - Andrea Filippone and William Welch Architects - garden photo by Mary Jasch
There is a place in Pottersville, New Jersey, that some say are the second Versailles. Resurrected from the ruins of an abandoned farm, this house and garden surely inspire.
 
 
Pamela Page Potager Garden - photo by Mary Jasch
Pamela Page, gardener, gourmet, filmmaker, shapes her garden with symmetry, dresses it in colorful vegetables, and bejewels it with flowers.
 
Look for The Lisa Porter Collection in the Directory of Garden Websites at DIG IT! 
Thank you so much, Mary.
I’m thrilled to be in such good company and I’ve got my muck boots on!

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Seasons Change


Rest here and savor the last day of summer.
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This summer started with endings.
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And ended with beginnings.
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Life is so full of change.
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Like when the sky opens up and shows you everything at once.
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Strands of this day are wound with pink threads of the evening.
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Must be the sacrament of the season.
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Welcome to Fall, my friends.